Irma, employed at Manhasset Florists on Orchard Street, managed to arrive at work almost at her regular time in spite of the heavy, wet snowfall Friday morning, March 8. Her home in Port Washington is a mere 10-15 minute drive most days, but it took a half hour, she said, “and the problem was other cars without 4-wheel drive went too slow.”
Outside the flower shop St. Patrick’s Day banners took a beating. It sounded more like Valentine’s Day, though, to hear Irma tell it. Her husband had their sidewalk shoveled by 7:30 a.m. and had cleaned off her car, cranked up the heat and handed her a hot drink for her ride to work.
The snow caused problems early in the day but warm weather followed and by the weekend seemed an unreal memory.
Live Music for Kids
Pre-K Through Grade 4
In celebration of National Nutrition Month you and your kids are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m. You won’t want to miss this fabulous show starring singer/songwriter Robert Poe. He will share his love for fruits and veggies and inspire children with his music, high energy style, and feats of strength. This program is free. Registration is not required. Join your friends and neighbors in your library’s Community Room for what promises to be a fantastic show. This program is for ages preschool to grade four (with caregiver). We look forward to seeing you. For more information call 627-2300, ext. 301 or 150.
After 24 years of involvement in general construction, site development and home building on Long Island, in January 2012 Gerard Zohouri started HOMEREDI, his specialized home-remodeling and renovation business based in Port Washington. HOMEREDI helps prospective home buyers determine what work needs to be done on a house before they purchase it and what other remodeling they wish to do before moving in. This unique service enables new home buyers to start their desired renovation project the day after their closing. The company also works with homeowners to make upgrades in their homes, and even with realtors or motivated sellers to prepare a house to its full potential prior to putting it on the market.
Zohouri says: “I have a passion for architecture and really enjoy my work. I love helping clients create their dream homes.” He believes his success is based on his complete dedication to each project and the fact that his company takes care of every detail. He explains: “I call this our ‘white glove treatment.’ People are not used to getting such good care during construction and renovation work, and my clients appreciate not only the quality of the work we do but also how we do it.”
The turbulent redistricting process in Nassau County came to an end last week with a party line vote approving a map drawn up by the Republican majority. But the strong possibility of a lawsuit by those opposed to the new map looms.
Republican legislators were booed by members of the audience as they voted for the GOP map. Critics of the map had held out hope that Legislator Denise Ford, who had voted against a similar Republican map in 2011, would vote against her caucus, but she voted with the majority. The map passed 10-9.
“I still recall the DJ at our wedding pleading with the guests to join the dance floor to rescue us from our first dance as husband and wife. Now, 30 years later, I am happy to say we rocked the dance floor in our routine,” gushed Carol Hiller. Along with her husband, Hiller was a contestant on Feb. 24 from Manhasset’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio at Long Island’s first ever Fred Astaire Long Island Winter Ball at the Huntington Marriot Hotel. As the youngest studio represented, the Manhasset studio just turned one-year-old; they were praised for their accomplishments in such a short period of time.
Ukrainian National Champions Eugene Yeremenko and Marisa Yatsenko run the studio on Park Avenue just off Plandome Road. When asked why Manhasset was able to garner so much praise in such a short period of time, Eugene remarked, “Our students love to have fun and they just brought that to the dance floor.” And Marisa added, “Ballroom dance is incredibly fulfilling for individuals and couples. It’s great exercise and the best stress reliever I know. You can’t help but smile while dancing.”
MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide bus service between Great Neck and Port Washington as workers replace bridge timbers on the LIRR viaduct that spans Bayview Avenue in Manhasset.
The work will also require the closure of Bayview Avenue to vehicular traffic on the two remaining weekends of the project. Motorists should follow posted detour signs.
Commander Gordon “Gordo” Wilson, a native of Plandome and son of A. Scott and Patty Wilson, retired from the United States Navy during a formal ceremony in the hangar of Patrol Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL on June 8, 2012 after more than 21 years of faithful service to the Nation.
Commander Wilson graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 and subsequently earned his Wings of Gold and designation as a Naval Aviator in 1993. During his career, he deployed throughout the world in direct support of combat and peacetime deterrence operations, highlighted by service in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and his role as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 45 from 2008-2009.
Andrew Motola, owner of Brickwell Cycling and Multisports, was planning in 2010 to expand his business into Manhasset but a fire at his Great Neck location that November hastened his arrival and he opened in the village in December 2010.
“Manhasset is a very health oriented and active community,” Motola said. “Our customers want quality bikes for their children and themselves. We carry the top brands (including Trek, Cannondale, Cervelo, Felt and Pinarello) in the bicycle industry to accommodate the cycling needs of our loyal and enthusiastic customers.”
Glen Anderson and his mother Rose, 93, are a team when they till the soil at their plot of earth at the Peter F. Rickert Memorial Garden, a community garden on the grounds of the 36-acre estate surrounding the Science Museum of Long Island. They fear they may lose their beloved plot of earth on the property owned by Nassau County where one of the four fig trees on their plot was grown from an original clipping secretly transported by Rose’s father around 1900 when he left his home in Mezzojuso, Province of Palermo in Sicily. He carried the shoot with him as he set out to make his way to America.
The 16 gardeners, active there over many years, had been asked in a Feb. 1 letter to remove their plants and equipment - remove everything by Feb. 17, Glen Anderson remembered, but several inches of snow covered the ground. The date was then extended to March 1. The letter, Anderson said, came out of nowhere, and stated, “that effective immediately the community demonstration garden activity at SMLI/ Leeds Pond Preserve has been restructured due to expanding programming needs, child safety and security priorities.” The letter also explained “no new participants will be accepted. All 16 participants will be limited to one 10 foot by 20 foot plot. The 16 current gardeners may select one of the existing plots or it will be assigned to you by lottery.”
Interested Manhasset residents are invited to register for a position on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees. There are five members on the board, and there are presently two openings: one unexpired term of Elisa Paone, who has tendered her resignation, commencing April 17 and expiring June 30, 2014; one five-year term currently held by Heidi McNamara, who will be running for re-election, commencing July 1 and expiring June 30, 2018. The candidate receiving the majority vote will be elected to the five-year term; the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fill the unexpired term commencing April 17.
Nominating petitions are currently available at the Second Floor Reference Desk of the library and must be filed in the administrative office by Monday, March 18 at 5 p.m. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the Manhasset School District. For additional information, please contact Maggie Gough, library director at 627-2300, ext. 348 or Victoria Christie in the administrative office at 627-2300, ext. 345.
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